Provisions Series: Mother Funker | The Bruery

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Provisions Series: Mother FunkerProvisions Series: Mother Funker

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by FosterJM on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 380
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer provided through starrdogg, thanks Matt!

The beer pours a nice hazy orange to gold color with a nice amount of lacing.

The smell is all lacto, pretty much but it also has a really nice light fruit sourness, like really sour cherries and grapes maybe. I really like the smell actually.

The taste is definitely sour, but not enamel stripping. Has a good lacto presence and some fruity notes too, love the second sour wave that hits after the beer has been swolled already. Vinegar notes for sure, apple cider vinegar maybe. Nice.

The feel is wicked sour, but a decent feel and depth.

I really like this, I'm surprised by the negative reviews. I tend to go for bigger flavors though, so I can see how maybe this could be too intense for some....

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Photo of Auracom
2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Another RS bottle. 4-5 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on July 14th, 2012.

A - Absolutely flat, peach-colored brew here. No head, retention, or lacing, much akin to Oui Oui.

S - Super pungent lemon-lime and white wine vinegar notes. Almost a chemical solvent near the back that's rather unappealing

T - Straight lemon juice and vinegar. That's it.

M - Light body, carbonation is actually quite appropriate, dry finish.

D - Can't get much more single-note for a sour. Very tough to finish even the 6 oz. pour I started with, so the majority of the bottle went to waste. Would not revisit.

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Photo of WillCarrera
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear light golden color, produces a wisp of white head that quickly dissipates, leaves no lacing.

S- Loads of vinegar and funk, also some oak and a sharp cheesy aroma along with some acetone, not very pleasant.

T- Gross, the dominant flavor is a repulsive acetic tartness and lemony citrus, there's actually a lot of sweetness hidden beneath the tartness. Has some oak and funk as well as a bit of cheesiness.

M- Medium-bodied, dry, very acidic feel.

O- Far more acetic than I would like, I really like sour beers but the problem isn't that this beer is too sour, the problem is that it's just a horrible and unbalanced vinegar onslaught, definitely the least enjoyable beer I've had from the Bruery, this is pretty gross stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by spycow I think? Served in a 3 Floyds tasting snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam dissipates to nothing. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - I've had this beer before, but this bottle was better than I remembered. There's still insane acetobacter and nostril-singing tartness but the nail polish has subsided a fair bit.

T - Taste has a bit more depth, with lemon and fierce vinegar flavors supplemented by some stone fruits. There's still a touch of glue and nail polish present, but there's actual flavor this time.

M - Super acidity, dry, and puckering, with very low carbonation. Body is medium-light and seems sufficient for 6%.

D - This has definitely improved, but it's still far to sour and acidic to drink in any appreciable quantity. A bit of carbonation spritz would go a long way here.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed yellow with lots of orange. Very little white bubbly head.

Major tropical notes: Toasted coconut, pineapple, lemon, and orange. Tart nose on this brew... Lots of malt vinegar.

Spot on sour ale. Very light and refreshing. Creamy, wet, and heavily carbonated. Brilliant sour lemon, apple, and pineapple. No heat, but it'll hit you like a brick.

One of the best sours i've ever had. Very fruity and unique. Creamy and well diverse in flavor. Highly recommended

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden color. Jesus is this beer sour. Intensely lactic and some acetic qualities to it as well. A bit of grass along with straw and lemon zest. Not much in the way of fruit, pretty much just sour. The flavor is nice, but it is a bit hard to drink much of. Heavy on the lemon, very heavy, in fact. Like the nose, lots of lactic sourness and a bit of acetic/white vinegar character. Just a hint of sweetness along with a touch of oak.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, sour, tart, lemon rine, and subtle earthy funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, vinegar, tart, lemon, lemon rine, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Based on the name of this one I was really expecting a huge funk character to happen here. I was a little let down by this fact, but I was very happy with what I found in both the aroma and flavor. I do have a feeling I will be needing to go to the dentist have my teeth replaced after this bottle though. Definitely a must try for any sour/tart fan out there.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark blonde color, with a small bubbly head, admittedly forced. Some bubbles streaming on the side. Head dissipated quickly and the carbonation seemed to fizzle out fast.

Aroma was sour, acidic, lactic, slightly woody. There's not really much of a funk, just sour.

Taste followed the smell: sour, acid, oak, lactic acid. It's the sour notes nicely, but again, there's no funk to it, so it just assaults the palate without rewarding it.

It goes from slightly bubbly, to flat and flaccid. It's rough.

It's got it's moments, but it's really just an unbalanced assault of sour.

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Photo of Gatch
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at The Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow with a white head. Builds and fades quickly.

S: Funk, sour, barn...big nose.

T: By far the funkiest beer I've had to date. So sour, tart, and funky!

M: Smooth, sweet, and tasty.

O: I'm glad I didn't look at the average score of this beer before purchasing because I might have overlooked it. It was fantastic so ignore the score if you like super sour brews.

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Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a pale golden color with just a trace amount of a head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a sharp, tart, sourness to it with some moderate but noticeable acidic qualities to it. Sour lemon and musty basement both play a large role in the flavor profile. A good amount of tart, crisp fruits are there as well. It's definitely sharp and sour, but I'm really liking it.

The taste shows a little more of the tart, crisp, slightly sweet fruits up front. It quickly turns to a sharp, moderately acidic, dry, mouth puckering sourness in the finish. I get a little bit of a musty quality to it, which I don't think I get enough of in most American Wilds. Sour grape, apple and oak with a little vinegar are more things that come to mind as I'm drinking it.

The mouthfeel is a little light and watery at times and the carbonation feels a little under done for the style. The lack of any head whatsoever also doesn't help here.

Overall it was a very sour and sharp beer, but I liked it. It was bold and in your face, but managed to bring in a lot of tart, fruity and musty flavors to compliment the sourness. Not as refined and balanced as some of the best Belgian versions, but I thought it was a pretty solid American Wild effort. Maybe there is some bottle variation, but I definitely didn't find this as harsh as a lot of the reviews claim.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of Overlord, much appreciated. Pours a slightly hazed gold color with a small white head. No lacing and poor retention...not too uncommon on a sour though.

I can smell this bitch from a mile away...sour as funk. Wow; clean and tart, mouthwateringly so. I haven’t smelled anything like this since I had a Captain Lawrence Barrel Select at least a year ago.

It profiles the tartness perfectly; nothing else gets in the way. The sourness is just so impressively clean. Like SweeTarts dissolved in pickle juice. One-dimensional for sure, but in a very delicious way. I love it...super light malts, salty sourness and puckering tartness. Yummy yummy yummy.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle split with some peeps at Northdown Cafe & Bar.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, fizzy white head, spotty lace.

S - Light nail polish, lemons, huge sharp tartness. Not very "funky", just straight up sharp sour/tart notes that destroy my nostrils.

T - More nail polish, citrus, lemon peel, sharp tart/sour notes, vinegar, lots of acetone. This beer has a huge "pucker-factor"...almost too much. Finish is lemon and vinegar sourness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, lemon tart finish.

O - This beer is far from being balanced like I've previously read. Huge acetone, vinegar, nail polish mixed with a huge lemon sourness. If you're not a fan of acetone, avoid this beer. I thought it was okay, but not anywhere near awesome and/or great...lower in the pack of Bruery sours (which are then lower then most of my other favorite American Wilds). Meh.

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Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear pale blond topped by a thin, bubbly head that disappears fast.

Smell: A ton of acetone and acetic acid, stomach bile, cheap chardonnay and apple cider vinegar. Smells pretty awful.

Palate: Harsh, burning acidity. Largely acetic, though there are lactic notes here as well. Acetone, buttery chardonnay, white vinegar. Curiously sweet despite the savage acidity. Carbonation is medium-low, par for the course for Bruery sours. This wasn't enjoyable at all.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened on 6.1.12.

A - Pours a cloudy tangerine orange with a few large white bubbles that fade quickly.

S - Sour lemon, orange, and wood. Very acidic and vinegar-like as it warms.

T - Super sour citrus. My palate is toasted after this one.

D - Lower carbonation and a lighter body. Super, super, super sour.

O - Good, but so sour it is hard to taste anything after a few sips.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.15/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thank you, Devin.

Fucking putrid shit, more nail polish remover than I was expecting, less white wine vinegar than I was expecting, bracing, harsh acidity with no redeemable qualities, I have no idea what they were thinking. Apple cider vinegar. This would make a decent salad dressing if not for the acetone.The only think that makes this beer not a 1.0 is the existence of Trinity's Old Growth. Fucking awful, avoid this.

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Photo of portia99
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks Greg! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a pale, straw golden color with good clarity but not crystal clear. No real head ever forms...only a thin and fizzy skim coat that disappears instantly in a soda-like rush of bubbles and leaves behind a thin collar on the lacing is seen.

S - Fruity with citrusy oranges and lemons, hints of limes. Overall tart and sour on the nose with decent funk intensity that is earthy and a bit horsey, but missing a bit of the barnyardy aspects I'd expect.

T - Funky and earthy...mildly sour and a bit puckering, but more funk than sour. Very fruity, lemon-lime citrus, tangerines, grapey/winey, a bit of wood.

M - Starts off a bit on the sweet side and gradually moves towards tart/sour with a distinct SweetTart candy-like flavor. Fruitiness stays from start to finish highlighting the citrusy aspects of the beer. Carbonation is on the low side barely causing the slightest tingle on the tongue. Body is light.

O - Overall, a good wild ale but really can only be thought of as one of the crowd. Solid but not spectacular...does most things well, but nothing is there to let this stand apart from the numerous other quality offerings out there now. Worth trying.

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Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with only a slight layer of carbonation that goes away completely.

Smell: This is one sour smelling beer. Tart lemon notes along with some mineral like funk. Definitely getting some white vinegar as well.

Taste: Just as sour as the smell indicated. Lemon and white vinegar tartness, this one burns a bit on the way down. The funk level isn't very high, but the sourness level is off the chart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with not enough carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is really sour, heart burn inducing in fact. I enjoyed the taste, but the mouthfeel was rather underwhelming.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for the bottle Shane!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A really nice bone dry funk with acidic lemon, orange, and subtle lactic bits of oak.

(T)- A big acidic kick up front. Flows into some awesome sour lemon/orange citrus. A really nice up front oaky funk; not quite lactic, but close.

(M)- A good carbonation level; a tad higher than expected, but it fits well with the overall profile of the beer. Good fruits and acidic sourness. Great subtle barrel character.

(D)- I like the sourness level of this. Not too strong to rip the enamel off my teeth, but sour enough to really thoroughly enjoy it. A great take on the style and one of the better american made sours that I have seen that is pretty close to smelling and tasting like a gueuze.

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Photo of Phelps
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mother Funker

Poured into my Bruery tulip, as is proper.

Another wine-like sour from the Bruery, this one looks pretty flat when poured into the glass. The liquid’s a pretty, light golden hue, but a small number of tiny bubbles is the only hint of carbonation.

Woo! The aroma isn’t super funky, but it’s powerfully acidic. White vinegar blends with white grape, green apple, pear and vinous oak. There’s just enough fruity, chardonnay sweetness to smooth the bacteria’s rough edges.

Funkier in the flavor, with hints of hay and horse peeking out, but the tartness is still king. The front is fruity, full of white grapes and apple cider, while the swallow delivers a huge blast of vinegar.

The body’s a little big for my tastes, and the near lack of carbonation doesn’t help things. The combination makes the beer heavy, and paired with the massive, heartburn-causing tartness, it’s actually a chore to choke down. A bit of bubbles would do wonders to lighten and liven things up.

Mother Funker, this is sour. I made the mistake of opening a bottle on my own and I’ll likely pay the price with heartburn. Do yourself a favor and share this intensely flavored wild ale with some other people.

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Photo of brystmar
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my Bruery trustee Cory!

Pours yellow with minimal bubbles and zero head. No lace, kinda plain.

Strong, funky aroma of sour fruits warns your stomach of the impending acidity. Saliva pools in my mouth as I await each sip.

I hope you like your sours sour, because this is among the most sour of any I've tasted. Extremely acetic, but also quite intensely fruity. So although this has the clobber-you-over-the-head-with-sourness aspect to it, there's also plenty of funk and flavor alongside.

I love this beer, but I'll be the first to admit its complete lack of balance. The tartness and acidity in Mother Funker is intense and highly polarizing: if you dislike ulcer-inducing acidity, steer clear! This is one of my favorite sours, but it's not for the faint of heart :)

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Photo of korguy123
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip. Both courtesy of TheSevenDuffs.

A- This beer pours a hazy lemon pie yellow color with fizzy soda like head that is short lived. Lacing is spotty.

S- Ummm my mouth just watered. Sour, sour, sour. Lemons and a slight vinegar. Grapes, grape skins, apples, apple skins, slight grass and a spicy note from I'm assuming the yeast. The oak really melds things together. This is a masterpiece and my mouth won't stop watering with every sniff.

T- Here we go! Holy hell! This beer is F****N sour! First sip put me in heartburn hell. Gotta go get a Zantac... Okay, back. Right off the bat is a onslaught of vinegar and lemon. The funk is pinged to an 11 with just copious amounts of wet hay and barnyard. Slightly sweet with a quick finish.

M- Cheek numbing sour, good carbonation.

O- The label warns the consumer about this beer. This beer is balls to the wall, "don't be a sissy or we'll laugh at you" "What's wrong? Feel like crying?" type of beer. You can't prepare yourself for this beer even if you tried, and I love it lol.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy yellow with a minimal head.

S: Sour. That is pretty much it.

T: Amazing sour. There is intense sour from the yeast. There is also a subtle sweetness present as well.

M: Very carbonated and fills the mouth well.

O: A very good beer. This beer is on par with Russian River's Sanctification.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a smattering of bubbles that attempt to form a bone white head but fail miserably. The smell is tart and funky as promised. Hints of lemons light grape and lots of cherries mixed with a bit of oaky vanilla and bits of wet horse. The flavor up front is kind of mild with some vanilla and cherries starting off the ride. This quickly fades to a salty earthy funkiness. Then we start to ease into the acid and that builds for a good long time until the lactic and citric are burning holes in my stomach. Long lingering salty lemony cherry tartness leaves my mouth salivating long after every sip. This is a pretty decent beer, but it definitely could use a few more bubbles.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A: This pours out a hazy yellow color. Not tons of carbonation. Looks to be a little light in that category. Only a ring of bright white head.

S: Smells funky as hell. But light. White grape. Tart green apples. Acidic lemon hints as well.

T: Epic sourness on this one. Really wraps around the whole tongue. Attacks the palate completely. From tip to back. Very dry and tart. You get that really overly acidic lemon flavor. Dare I say, almost like a Warhead candy from back in the day or a Lemonhead. Then you do get hints of that tart apple that you smells. I did't pick up the oak that others have mentioned.

M: This one is light but bordering on moving into the medium category.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow with a white head that dissapears instantly.

Holy funk in the nose.

Holy funk in the taste. Vinegar.

Yikes this one is an esophageal killer.

Interesting but too intense for me.

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Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
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